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A coalition of about 60 far-left, environmentalist, labor, and corporate shakedown groups participated in the call. Groups on the call included: ACORN, Color of Change, AFL-CIO, Apollo Alliance, Friends of the Earth, National Wildlife Federation, Jesse Jackson’s RainbowPUSH Coalition, Urban League, and Young Democrats of America.
As I write in my new book, Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers, a confidential source told me the call participants were full of rationalizations.
“When you criticize them, they are prepared to say, ‘Did you want 9/11 to be another day of selling mattresses, like Presidents Day?’” the source said. “They are truly trying to change the American mindset.”
On Aug. 4, 2009, Obama’s then-green jobs “czar” Van Jones, a 9/11 “truther” and self-described “communist,” appeared in a 33-minute video posted on the official blog of the White House. The National Day of Service will be a great opportunity “for people to connect, to find other people in your peer group who are also passionate about repowering America but also greening up America and cleaning up America,” he said.
That same day Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan participated in a press conference with Yearwood. He said the National Day of Service will be “the first milestone” of a larger effort called Green the Block that “wants to see access and opportunity created for all Americans, to build prosperity and a healthier planet for future generations.” Yearwood has since been the subject of a fawning documentary, “Hip Hop Rev,” on Discovery Network’s Planet Green channel. (I was interviewed on camera for the movie but I must have been too critical of Yearwood because that footage didn’t make it into the final cut.)
For this upcoming Sept. 11 President Obama is going easy on the green propaganda, but he’s still hard at work trying to suck the meaning out of 9/11.
The White House has even ordered officials to “minimize references to Al Qaeda.” A set of talking points obtained by the New York Times instructs officials to emphasize that even though terrorists affiliated with the late Osama bin Laden’s network “still have the ability to inflict harm,” Al Qaeda and its followers “have become increasingly irrelevant.” This news will probably come as a bit of a surprise to our troops fighting in Afghanistan.
In all this Obama is doing the bidding of the Left. For a decade leftists have seethed over the 9/11 attacks because they took place on the watch of a Republican president and in their view allowed the GOP to portray Democrats –quite correctly— as weak on national defense-related issues for the remainder of George W. Bush’s term of office. They view Sept. 11 as a “Republican” day because it focuses the public on supposedly “Republican” issues such as patriotism, national security, and terrorism.
Progressive bomb thrower Keith Olbermann summed up this ugly perspective the week after the Republican Party convention in 2008. He said “9/11 has become a brand name. A Republican campaign slogan. Propaganda of the lowest form.”
The Left still bitterly clings to this self-serving narrative. After being booted off MSNBC, a few days ago Olbermann-in-exile invited Markos Moulitsas onto his new show on Al Gore’s Current TV. Moulitsas, founder of the anti-American group blog Daily Kos, claimed that Republicans and President Bush cynically latched onto 9/11 for partisan purposes. “The fact that 3,000 people died is incidental to them. They don’t care about that. What was there was a political opportunity and he took it.”
In the eyes of the Left, President Obama would never do such a cynical thing.
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